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PSY 235 : Child Psychology - 3 Credits


Child Psychology is the scientific study of the child from conception through middle childhood. The purpose of the course is to understand the variables that shape the child's development and behavior at every stage. In the beginning, physical factors seem to predominate. During early childhood, cognitive, social, and personality factors become prominent. Finally, as the child grows, societal and cultural influences become salient. The content of the course draws upon material from a number of disciplines, including the medical and biological sciences, sociology, anthropology, education, as well as psychology. Issues such as day care, child abuse, cultural differences, the role of the school, and behavioral problems in childhood are all addressed.




If you successfully complete this course, you will be able to:

  • Define the key terms listed at the end of each chapter.

  • Identify biosocial, cognitive, and psychosocial variables development.

  • Apply the important concepts associated with psychoanalytic theory, cognitive theory, sociocultural theory, and epigenetic children's development and behavior.

  • Explain the results and conclusions of research studies chapters.

  • Describe how the child thinks and uses language at development.

  • Identify factors which have a positive effect on a child's

  • Discuss current issues in child care and education.




Your course grade will be determined according to the following points:

Discussion Broad Introduction 0
Written Assignments 1-4 400
4 Exams @ 150 points each
Extra Credit

Grading Scale
90-100 %
900-1000 points
80-89 %
800-899 points
70 - 79 %
700-799 points
60 - 69 %
600-699 points
Below 60 %
599 and below



There are 4 proctored exams in this course. You are expected to take your proctored exams at one of the NVCC campus Testing Centers. Be sure to allow enough time to complete your exam before the Testing Center closes; Testing Centers have specific policies relating to the administration of ELI exams. You will need to take a photo ID, your NovaConnect Empl ID number, and the appropriate Exam Pass when you go to the Testing Center.  

For Testing Center locations, hours of operation and policies, click here.

For information on taking proctored exams outside of the metropolitan area, click here.


ELI Policies and Procedures

This is an Extended Learning Institute (ELI) course. ELI courses differ from campus courses in several important ways, including enrollment dates, communication with faculty, assignment completion requirements, and exams. You must follow ELI's policies and procedures if you take this course. Read (or review) ELI's Policies and Procedures before you begin the course. If you have questions, call ELI at (703) 323-3347 or (888) 435-6822.

Beginning the Course


1. Use your web browser to connect to http://www.nvcc.edu/bbstart. Follow the directions to determine your email, Blackboard and VIVA account user names and passwords.
2. Access your email account and make sure you know how to use it; you will be required to use this account for all course-related email.
3. Log on to Blackboard and email at http://nvcc.my.vccs.edu.
4. Click on this course under "My Courses." Review the entire course to make sure you understand what will be required of you. Then start completing the assignments.

Please note that account generation takes approximately one week from the time of your paid registration. If you cannot log on after one week, contact the IT Help Desk. If you can log on to Blackboard, but your course isn't listed, please contact ELI or your instructor.